Courtesy of The London Review of Books, you can now watch Eric Hobsbawm: The Consolations of History:
In this documentary, Anthony Wilks traces the connections between the events of Eric Hobsbawm’s life and the history he told, from his teenage years in Germany and his communist membership, to the jazz clubs of 1950s Soho and the makings of New Labour, taking in Italian bandits, Peruvian peasant movements and the development of nationalism in the modern world, with help from the assiduous observations of MI5. The film features contributions from Frances Stonor Saunders, Richard J. Evans, John Foot, Stefan Collini, Marlene Hobsbawm and Donald Sassoon, as well as Hobsbawm himself in extensive archive footage.
To learn more about Hobsbawm, read the 2019 New Yorker profile “Eric Hobsbawm, the Communist Who Explained History.”
The film will be added to our list of online documentaries and our larger collection, 1,150 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc..
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